Service Learning Implementation as a Graduation Requirement Service Learning Advisory Board Proposal Presented By: Tom Rust Kathy Kotecki Service Learning Co-Coordinators. Service Learning….How does it connect?
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Implementation as a Graduation Requirement
Service Learning Advisory Board Proposal
Service Learning Co-Coordinators
Service Learning….How does it connect?
Service Learning enhances MSU Billings Core Purpose, Mission, and Core Values By:
Engaging in civic responsibility
Providing exceptional and excellent teaching
Promoting intellectual, cultural, social and economic community enhancement
Translating practice into knowledge
Accepting leadership for intellectual, cultural, social and
economic development beyond University Boundaries
Service Learning at MSU Billings
Service learning is an educational experience and a teaching method that focuses on learning through community projects. Projects enable students to apply academic knowledge and critical thinking skills to benefit the community while students gain a deeper understanding of course content and the importance of civic engagement.
Project must be strongly connected to course objectives.
Project is required of all students and is clearly outlined in the syllabus.
Project benefits the community.
Project is academically rigorous.
Formal Reflection is deliberate.
Formal assessment – grade is based on learning, not service.
A goal is to promote civic engagement.
A Service Learning Requirement at MSU Billings:
Universal Opportunities and Challenges
Giving back to the taxpayers of Montana
Student credit issues
Survey of Required Service Learning Paradigms
General Education Requirement – Specific Classes already in Gen Ed
General Education Requirement – Separate Category with multiple options (credit and co-curricular options)
General Education Requirement – Separate Category Specific Classes for Service Learning
Graduation Requirement with specific class options (de facto gen ed)
Graduation Requirement – Credit/Non-Credit Options
General Education + Major Requirement
Service Learning Credit Options
Created by the Service Learning Advisory Board
(the beginning of a campus wide dialog)
Continue building and implementing
Service Learning within courses through all
colleges and departments as we currently do!
Faculty who are currently teaching with a Service Learning Component increase the class credit by 1 (a 3 credit class becomes a 4 credit class)
Faculty will have more teaching time in their course
Faculty may be more inclined to do this
All Service Learning might not warrant an extra credit – would add more time
All Service Learning isn’t equal – who decides
Budget implications (staff resources)
Extra tuition expenses for students (if not in flat spot)
Use the existing 1 credit ASC 297 Service Learning Course and require all freshmen to take it as part of Academic Foundations.
All freshmen would be exposed to Service Learning right from the beginning of their college experience
This experience could be a starting point in building many service learning experiences for them during the duration of their experience at MSUB
Could produce a large increase in enrollment – help FTE
Credit loads for students – for example, COE students have no room within their courses for an extra credit
Transfer students would not necessarily transfer in with a Service Learning Course to cover this requirement
Quality of student skills and motivation for the project
Community partner fatigue
Add an additional credit to the ASC 101 course (College Success Strategies) so the course becomes 2 credits with a Service Learning Component – required for all freshmen
Same as Option 2
Same as Option 2
Identify “Capstone” Courses in (most) majors and add an additional 1 cr. Service Learning component (this includes the COT) including a specifically non-major option
More advanced/higher skill set – can contribute more to community
Students may benefit more – Community Partners get more benefit
Most majors can do this
4 cr. rewards faculty effort/attract more FTE
How to combine with existing Co-op Ed internships
Could be a choice
Staffing for Admin
Create a Capstone required course that is not specific to a major that has a SL component (for example – a business student could do their SL capstone project in a course related to Public Relations if they have interest in that area); look at ways to incorporate SL into an internship (for example – an accounting student could do a 3 credit internship at KPMG and then do an extra 1 credit Service Learning experience using their accounting skills for a non-profit).
Same as Option 3 plus….
More flexible for students
Increase FTE in SL courses
Creates more well-rounded, employable students
Increase student interest and motivation
Drawback existing internship model – internships do not equal Service Learning
Miss out on cooperative engagement with other students
Expected skill set in another major is missing
Provide the Service Learning requirement to be fulfilled throughout the students experience (not just tied to freshmen or senior year) – build on what we are currently doing and make it part of the culture of MSUB.
We aren’t there yet.
The Beginning of the DISCUSSSION:
Ideas for models and ways to implement Service Learning
Idea - Service Learning Strategic Planning Session in May
Current/Interested SL faculty
Service Learning Advisory Board